3. Ryan Clady, OT
The Jets promptly traded their 2015 fifth-round pick in exchange for Clady and a seventh-round pick after their blind side protector for the last decade, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, announced his retirement in early April.
Clady, a four-time pro bowler with Denver, missed the team’s entire Super Bowl season last year after tearing his ACL in off-season workouts the year prior. Two years before that, the veteran left tackle suffered a severe Lisfranc injury in Week 3 of 2013, which required him to miss the entirety of that season. In total, the 28 year old has missed 30 of his last 48 games, but when he’s healthy he’s one of the best at the position.
It was a risky move by Maccagnan, but the way I see it he had two choices – he either had to sign an established veteran tackle who can step in immediately (like Clady), or he had to spend his first-round pick on a tackle.
Maccagnan reportedly tried to move up in the draft to select the sliding Laremy Tunsil, but ultimately decided to stay put and it’s a good thing he did. The Jets ended up getting one of the biggest steals of the latter half of the draft with versatile linebacker Darron Lee from OSU.
My Vote: BOOM
With a player like Clady, who defines the term “injury prone,” my guess is as good as anybody’s. He’s either going to be very, very good, or he’s going to get injured.